Roses Trucked Across America for the 1996 Olympics
May 1996

The future roses for the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden were trucked 2530 miles across America from Sacramento, California to their new home at the MLK Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia. The goal was to transport full-grown roses that would create an instant blooming rose garden in time for the 1996 Olympics. Co-Creators, TJ David & Sylvia Villalobos followed the truck in a u-haul with panels of artwork by international youth. Press conferences and meetings were scheduled beforehand at 6 major cities in route to Atlanta. Gifts and proclamations were given to the co-creators and they, in exchange, donated a MLK rose bush as a gesture of goodwill in conjunction with the Olympics.


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Reno, NV


Salt Lake City, Utah


Denver, Colorado


Kansas City, Missouri


St. Louis, Missouri


St. Louis, Missouri


Nashville, Tennessee


Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” World Peace Rose Garden
Dedication & Anniversary Ceremonies
May 1996 – May 2006

Atlanta youth joined youth from Italy, California and Japan in creating artwork that was displayed in the Visitor Center the day of the Dedication. The Inspirational Day of Peace Contest was first introduced at the dedication and plaques were engraved with winning messages by Atlanta youth. Subsequently, Co-Creators have returned for the past 14 years to unveil new winning messages at the yearly celebration at the MLK Historic Site.

 

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